When the 2022 high school football season ended, south Florida was well represented when it came to players with the most quarterback sacks.
With Fort Lauderdale’s Jalyn Jackson leading the state with 32.5, the attention certainly fell on Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
University of Miami signee Rueben Bain (29) of Miami Central, FSU signee Lamont Green Jr., from Miami Gulliver Prep (20) and Keyshawn Johnson (17) from 3M state champion Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas set standards locally with big numbers.
As those players have moved on to the next level, there are several newcomers and returnees from last year who will be after that crown as the 2023 season unfolds.
Here are some candidates who return with domination in mind:
Germain Carter Jr., DT, 6-1, 285, Miami Norland. With an off-season move from Miami Carol City, this FIU commitment is bigger, stronger, and quicker than the standout who had 19 sacks, 76 tackles and 25 tackles for loss in 2022. Easily one of the most dominant defensive linemen in Florida, his production will once again be game-changing. He brings so much to the table as a player and teammate.
Zach Crothers, DL/DE, 6-4, 235, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna. After an amazing junior season, this heavily recruited prospect is looking to improve on his 15 sacks from last season when the Lions once again captured a state title – the first 1M crown. This is an elite football talent who combines speed and athleticism. He also gets it done in the classroom as well – holding down a 3.7 grade point average.
Kenley Israel, DE/OLB, 6-2, 215, Miramar Everglades. It’s been a few years since the Gators have had a player who ranks among the best in the state of Florida. Here is a versatile talent who combines skill with an ability to make plays. He is the kind of player that if he doesn’t make the play, he will certainly set his teammates up to make it. That is the kind of player he is. Finishing with 20 sacks a year ago, this could be a banner season as college coaches will continue to monitor his progress.
Gavench Marcelin, DE, 6-3, 240, Miami Belen Jesuit. This soon-to-be four-year starter for the Wolverines has been the heart and soul of this team coming off another stellar year that put him in a spotlight for colleges and universities to keep an eye on. When he committed to attend Florida Atlantic University, the Owls received a game-changer who would come in and in time, make those around him much better. Coming off an 18-sack season, he is primed once again to lead this team emotionally and physically. A true talent that is respected on and off the playing field.
Brandon Rosenthal, DE/OLB, 6-1, 210, Miami Gulliver Prep. One of the most versatile football players in south Florida. Someone who can play four to five positions and does well at all of them. Coming off an impressive 2022 season where he had 12 quarterback sacks, this was one of the Raiders’ top tacklers this past season. On a team that is working hard to get back into the playoff mix this coming season, they will need his playmaking abilities and leadership to get it done. Easily one of most underrated prospects we have in this region. Watch him play and you will see why he is such a huge asset to head coach Earl Sims and this team. Also gets it done in the classroom – where his 3.91 grade point average will open plenty of doors.
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